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Survey paints bleak picture of Pennsylvania school funding

A survey on the financial health of Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts found that one in seven planned to furlough teachers next year — on top of 23,000 teachers and staff already furloughed between 2010 and 2012. Many districts also planned to cut academic programs and extracurricular programs, including sports.

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Should teachers stop fighting for tenure?

One of the most contested points of teacher contracts is the issue of tenure. As a piece of the larger teacher contract puzzle, tenure has been an important stand in the education industry's history. Based on the contemporary K12 landscape and trying to truly reform K12 learning, should teachers stop fighting the tenure battle?

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For top teachers, hire early

Research conducted for Tennessee's Shelby County Schools found that 60 percent of teachers hired March through May 2013 were rated in the top two evaluation categories while June and July hires were more likely to leave the district within one year. Children lose out when districts have to wait later to hire new teachers, missing the best teacher talent.

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Let Common Core continue as planned for Louisiana schools

In response to concerns about implementation of Common Core, the state has delayed the accountability provisions for students, teachers and schools. But it is important to stick with the new standards and the test developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which Louisiana educators have helped create.

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Should teen pregnancy be highlighted in yearbooks?

Some teens will become parents. While schools certainly don’t promote parenthood at such a young age, yearbooks that feature photos of babies along with sports, honor rolls and clubs seem to condone teen pregnancy as just another part of high school life.

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Good idea returns — walk to school

The idea of "the walking school bus” is that, under parental supervision, pupils within reasonable walking distance to their elementary school walk as a group, starting at the most distant house. The idea makes all kinds of sense; it gives students much needed exercise, saves on the cost of operating real school buses and involves parents and neighborhood.

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Report backs autonomy for schools in Boston

Boston should unshackle schools from union-contract provisions and central-office mandates that undermine teaching and learning and instead let all of them operate autonomously, much like charter schools, according to a report released by The Boston Foundation.

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Alarming number of urban teachers are "chronically absent"

Political battles over teaching in the last decade have focused on complexities of pensions, evaluations and standardized testing, often ignoring a basic but critical issue: Attendance.

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Expelling preschoolers is a big problem

With a disproportionate number of black kids being suspended or expelled from preschool, expulsion can be an early step into the pipeline that funnels black youngsters from school to prison. Expulsion can create an emotional scarring from which they never recover. At the very least, it pushes them further behind the learning curve and closer to dropping out of school.

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Do autistic kids fare better in integrated or specialized schools?

Federal law states that students are entitled to an appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Some parents feel their local public schools aren't meeting their children's needs and see specialized schools for autistic children as a godsend. For others, they raise a new set of questions about segregation.

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